Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best: City Leaders Have Failed, Abandoning Precinct “Was Not My Decision”

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best: City Leaders Have Failed, Abandoning Precinct “Was Not My Decision”

In an address to officers Thursday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best spoke out about the decision to abandon the 13th Police Precinct and surrounding neighborhood to the Revolutionary Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and said city leadership has failed the police department. Best says it was not her decision to abandon the station and suggested law and order might return to the area soon.

“You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision,” she told officers.

“You fought for days to protect [the 13th Precinct]. I asked you to stand on that line. Day in and day out, to be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened and in some cases hurt. Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in, it seems like an insult to you and our community,” she said. “Ultimately the city had other plans for the building and relented to public pressure. I’m angry about how this all came about.”

“We had solid information to believe anti-government groups would destroy the precinct when we left.”

“The station is still standing. No officers were hurt, no force was used,” she said.

“We have heard there are armed people ‘patrolling’ the streets near 12th and Pine. Of course, this is very concerning, especially because we don’t know who these people are,” she said about the Revolutionary Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. “We’ve also received reports these armed people may be demanding payment from business owners in exchange for protection. We’ve also heard they may be demanding to see identification from people who live in the area.”

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